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    Execs give up bonuses to raise hospital minimum wage

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    DALLAS, Texas — IKEA isn’t the only employer taking the initiative to raise its minimum wage employee’s pay. Last week Parkland Health & Hospital system in Dallas announced a new plan to raise the minimum wage to $10.25 for 230 janitors, cafeteria workers and other low-wage employees. The $1.50 per hour raise will be...

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    New law regarding teen drivers going into effect July 1

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — The law proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to further improve Illinois’ heralded graduated driver licensing (gdl) program takes effect July 1. The new law requires people ages 18-20 who failed to attend driver education to complete a 6-hour driver training and education course before applying for a driver’s license....

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    War of phony press releases breaks out in governor’s race

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — A war of phony press releases has broken out between the state’s republicans and democrats. Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign started it by sending out the information for two closed-to-the-public events for Bruce Rauner. The emails claimed Rauner was “emerging from hiding” to answer questions about how his daughter got admitted into a...

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    Judge strikes down two ballot questions

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge Friday morning has struck down two proposed constitutional amendments that were planned to appear on the November general election ballot. Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva ruled against the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits and in favor of the House Speaker Michael Madigan-backed lawsuit to prevent the...

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    Quinn program gave money to non-existent nonprofit

    by  • June 25, 2014 • News

    CHICAGO (AP) — A published report says Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued anti-violence initiative directed thousands of dollars to a program for ex-offenders that never existed. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Wednesday that Project Hope, Inc., received nearly $16,000 in state money through the 2010 Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. The newspaper cites state records that show it...

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    Kohl’s recognizes Centralia teen for volunteerism

    by  • June 25, 2014 • News

    MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — On Wednesday, Kohl’s department stores’ will recognize more than 2,300 young volunteers nationwide who have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism, including one young woman from Centralia. One hundred twenty-nine youth from Illinois, including 14-year-old Hanna Garrison, of Centralia, will each receive a $50 gift card and...

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